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Quotes and Affirmations to Overcome Hard Times

Photograph by Sarah O’Brien.

Photograph by Sarah O’Brien.

The Calm at the Center of the Storm

Living in modern society can be a very tumultuous experience. With so much going on in the world, it can be easy to get swept up into all of the dramas and pain that are surfacing every day. This is why it is more important than ever to retain an attitude of resilience. It is during times of great difficulty that we discover our true inner strength, and the ability to stay calm as storms rage about us.

“Thunders are a part of achieving wonders.” - Mahika Bansal

Words, what we say, and what we think have a powerful effect on our wellbeing. Sometimes just a few inspiring words can really reach deep within us and alter the course of our entire day. With intentional language we can express the beauty it is to be human even within difficult circumstances. Mindfully read through the sayings below to shift your perspective and alter your mindset to one of harmony and wholeness. You may like to write down any phrases that particularly strike a chord inside you and place it where you will see it often. Your life is yours for the creating!

Life’s Journey

"The tests we face in life's journey are not to reveal our weaknesses but to help us discover our inner strengths. We can only know how strong we are when we strive and thrive beyond the challenges we face.” - Kemi Sogunle

”Life doesn’t get easier or more forgiving, we get stronger and more resilient." - Steve Maraboli (Life, the Truth, and Being Free)

“Beautiful souls are shaped by ugly experiences.” - Matshona Dhliwayo

"The oak fought the wind and was broken, the willow bent when it must and survived." - Robert Jordan (The Fires of Heaven (The Wheel of Time, #5))

“In this moment there's infinite possibility and this is the agility that gives me flexibility to overcome my situation when my situation’s killing me.” - Curtis Tyrone Jones

“The shadows of life add depth and dimension to our journey, like route markers along our path. They are never intended to dominate our life with darkness, neither do they determine our ultimate destiny.” - Anthon St. Maarten

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Practice Positive Thinking

Repeat these affirmations to shift into a more uplifted mindset.

  • I take pride in being myself.
  • I honor and respect my personal values and beliefs.
  • I speak with kindness from the heart.
  • I listen deeply to what others have to say.
  • I feel heard by others.
  • I have a supportive network of friends.
  • I am a good friend to others.
  • There is always someone to turn to.
  • My life is beautiful.
  • No one has a life quite like mine.
  • I am valued for my uniqueness and originality.
  • I speak truthfully and authentically.
  • I smile and see the humor in life.
  • I take time every day to nurture my needs and desires.
  • My voice is important.
  • I share my stories with others.
Digital art by Sarah O’Brien depicting an Angel face amongst trees.

Digital art by Sarah O’Brien depicting an Angel face amongst trees.

Revealing Strength

“Only in the tough times, your most outrageous strength is revealed to you.” - Hiral Nagda

”Small stars still light up big skies.” - Matshona Dhliwayo

”Let them see you cry. Let them see you sweat. Let them see you bleed. Those three drops make you human. Never fear to show your humanity. It’s the bravest act of all.“ - Toni Sorenson

“There are no negatives in life, only challenges to overcome that will make you stronger.“ - Eric Bates

“Your challenges have been designed especially for you.“ - Sharon Pearson

“I really did not know that I had this strength inside me which lay hidden and entrapped. It came out like a lava when the situation demanded.” - Neelam Saxena Chandra

Digital art by Sarah O’Brien depicting sunlight and nature.

Digital art by Sarah O’Brien depicting sunlight and nature.

Hope Persists

“Even if it seems as though our lives have been reduced to ashes, hope persists. New and more powerful life is still possible. “What does not kill me makes me stronger,” declared Nietzsche with his customary indomitable defiance of misfortune. In other words, if you’re still standing, if you’ve been thrown into a crucible of struggle and you haven’t perished, then, if you did but know it, you’re much stronger than before, a person who knows how to survive. Now you need only make that inner strength explicit. Dominate the world. Don’t let the world dominate you.” - Michael Faust

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